Texas: Matt Crafton preview

Crafton wants to eat birthday cake in Texas Motor Speedway victory circle DALLAS/FT WORTH, June 8, 2004 -- Matt Crafton and his GM Goodwrench team head for Texas Motor Speedway for race seven of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Friday,...

Crafton wants to eat birthday cake in Texas Motor Speedway victory circle

DALLAS/FT WORTH, June 8, 2004 -- Matt Crafton and his GM Goodwrench team head for Texas Motor Speedway for race seven of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Friday, June 11, with Birthday cake in their sights. The O'Reilly 400K race for the specially modified, full-sized pickup trucks will be run on Crafton's 28th birthday.

"I am looking forward to racing in Texas," said Crafton. "We have always run well there in the summer and the Texas race fans that come out for the truck race are very into it. What's cool is that this year the race will be on my birthday and the last time I raced on my birthday, I won. Getting my first win in the truck series on my birthday would be a great present."

Crafton, who joined the GM Goodwrench sponsored Kevin Harvick Inc., owned team this season, has produced his career best start and finish, a top five and four consecutive top ten finishes in the first six outing. His KHI team debut at Daytona was spoiled as a result of getting caught up in someone else's on-track trouble. A motor problem in last week's Dover race has him currently 11th in series standings.

"We were a little off last weekend at Dover and had that motor problem so we will really need to step it up this week," added Crafton. "I have run Texas, maybe six times, and I like that track a lot. Of, course, when you are running well you like any track."

Under the leadership of Crew Chief Wally Rogers, the KHI team has manufactured state of the art equipment for Crafton at each race. For Texas, the team will bring the Chevrolet Silverado powered by Richard Childress Racing (RCR) that produced the season-best finish of fifth at Atlanta in March.

"Both Matt and I like this truck," said Rogers. "It's the one we ran at Atlanta in March and finished fifth. It ran really well at Charlotte a couple of weeks ago. It's a good chassis and we get great motors from RCR. It's a good all-around package and we know it will be good in Texas."

"We want to rebound from last week's disappointment and get back on track," said Rogers. "A win by Matt on his birthday would be a big present for this hard working team."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Matt Crafton